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William P. Kenoi <br />Mayor <br />County of Hawaii <br />PLANNING DEPARTMENT <br />BJ Leithead Todd <br />Director <br />Margaret Masunaga <br />Deputy Director <br />PUNA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN ACTION COMMITTEE <br />Aupuni Center • 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3 • Hilo, Hawaii 96720 <br />Phone (808) 961 -8288 • Fax (808) 961 -8742 <br />MEMONRANDUM <br />January 8, 20123 <br />To: Clayton Honma, Director <br />Department of Parks and Recreation <br />From: Patti Pinto, Chair r — <br />Puna CDP Action Committee <br />Subject: Pohoiki Swimming Area Feasibility Study Letter of Support <br />At its January 8, 2013 meeting, the Puna CDP Action Committee voted to send letters to Senator <br />Russell Ruderman and Representative Faye Hanohano requesting funding from the state for the county <br />to hire a consultant to prepare a study to determine the feasibility of creating a swimming /ocean access <br />area within the Isaac Hale Beach Park that would allow swimmers and surfers a safer and more <br />desirable than the currently used Pohoiki boat ramp. <br />Since the desired location for an alternative swimming /ocean access area would be within Isaac Hale <br />Beach Park, a letter of support from your department and agreement to procure and manage the study <br />is critical to ensuring serious consideration of our request. Therefore, we have taken the liberty of <br />providing you with the enclosed draft letter of support that we request you send, with any edits you <br />deem appropriate, to Senator Ruderman and Representative Hanohano in time for consideration during <br />this legislative session. <br />If you have any questions, need further support or information, please contact me at (808) 430 -1777, <br /> or Oshi Simsarian at (808) 965 -8685, You may also <br />contact Larry Brown in the Planning Department at 961 -8135, <br />Encl: Draft letter of support <br />xc: William P. Kenoi, Mayor <br />PCDP AC c/o Larry Brown, Planning Dept. <br />Hawai `i County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer <br />